The Irish Bertram Allen flew in the speed class marking the beginning of the CSI5*-W Helsinki International Horse Show, beating Dutch rider Eric van der Veluten. (Photo © helsinkihorseshow)
Irish rider Bertram Allen flew in speed class to win the €35,000 Fortum Horsepower, representing the first FEI event of the CSI5* -W Helsinki.
Resulting in a highly contested class of 46 pairs, Bertram Allen and his 9-year-old stallion Dino W (Berlin x l’Amour Z) owned by Ballywalters Farm, stopped the clock in 54.29 seconds on course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, securing 50 World Ranking Points with his victory.
Always accustomed to being one of the main protagonists in speed classes, Bertram Allen managed to keep his distance from Dutch rider Eric van der Vleuten and his 13-year-old gelding Zigali PS (Kigali x Palfrenier) owned by Marta Ortega, recording a time of 54.97 seconds, while third place was worn by Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet with the 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) in 55.07 seconds.
Not so far Philipp Weishaupt of Germany stayed in fourth place, completing his field in 55.64 seconds accompanied by the 8-year-old mare Call Me Eva (Chacco-Blue x Stakkato) and fifth place was Maikel van der Vleuten marked on blackboard 55.68 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Bois Margot x Caletto I).
The fastest time in the class was recorded by German rider Felix Hassman in 54.18 seconds, but he knocked down a pole totaling 4 fouls with the 12-year-old gelding Cayles (Casall x Lord Incipit), leaving them behind until the 25th place.
For the Latino Ranking his former leader Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil stood out, setting a good pace and taking seventh place with the 13-year-old gelding Extra van Essene (Diamant de Semilly x Gotthardsen) in 56.49 seconds, thereby achieving add World Ranking Points. Likewise and as part of the Pan American Ranking Chloe Reid of the United States maintained her score within the points in 14th place next to the 10-year-old stallion Codarco (Darco x Orame) in 62.61 seconds.
The other representative of the Latino Ranking was also Brazilian Yuri Mansur with the 10-year-old gelding Inferno (Incolor x Italic Des Salines), but they did not have the luck of their side being eliminated.